Sunday, April 20, 2014

Blinking Man Bike Ride Rolls Into LV Downtown Saturday Night

The Blinking Man bike ride in downtown Las Vegas is hardly new. But it was for me last night.

The rolling, rollicking "Burning Man" of bicycle rides is part pub crawl, part costume dress-up bike-social that attracts a fun variety of bike-loving folks on cruisers, low-riders and single-speeds. Many of them would not be pedaling on downtown streets if not for the safety in numbers.

There were probably several hundred of us who launched from the Huntridge Tavern off Charleston Blvd. I loved the color and vibe of the whole evening. This gal hauled hula hoops between the pit stops, then put them into action at each stop.

Nothing like the ol' pit stop to take the group photo. Hope the photogs had a wide angle.

There was an amazing array of interesting characters. Like this guy who was biking with his incumbent-riding wife. They were spreading the word about the disturbing number of veterans who commit suicide.

For people who hungered for a munchy, there was this fella with the snack bar on wheels.

One of my favorite characters was Justin, on the right, who took two Schwinn lowrider bikes and put them together by somehow connecting the fronts of both -- without welding them.

This gal's issue was anti-bombs, I believe.

For some reason, there has been a proliferation of guys dressed in Indian garb at the Fremont Street experience who feel compelled to show their ass -- like this guy who was rollerblading and not biking but was naturally just another part of the Blinking Man scene.

Against my better judgement, I even included a shot of myself. Sorry for the non-creative outfit of going as a nerdy newspaper reporter. Hope the blinky light as tie clip and the matching orange bandana/doo-rag as suit breast pocket handerchief gave me an iota of street cred.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Schaefer Beer Lives On With Jersey Appearance

On Saturday morning it was time to break out the Schaefer beer jersey.

Michael Weimer, a friend from the Tampa Bay area, gave me the jersey as a good-bye gift when I left Tampa in Nov. 2012. Thank you Michael.

Playing Catch Up

Now and then I like to accelerate on rides and catch up with the young bucks who pedal super fast while wearing their snazzy matching bike jerseys and shorts.

Like here on the way to Blue Diamond on State Road 159 in Red Rock Canyon.

On the way home, I bumped into biking friend Kevin Turchin and his ride with what looked like a Lifetime Fitness ride.

Ciclovia Comes To Henderson; Many Choose Side Trail Over Closed Road

A tip of the bike helmet to the city of Henderson, which staged another ciclovia -- or "Stroll n Roll" as it likes to call it.

Half of a parkway was closed Saturday from 10am to 2 pm at great cost considering all the city police and other staffers who worked the event.

Yet, even the state DOT guy handing out bike stuff like little blinkers, reflectors and tire patches was surprised that so many people who cam for this ciclovia event chose to stroll and roll not on the road but along a paved trail that runs next to it.

The city set up tents at three or four park locations along the close parkway.

Great event to close a road for the public. Too bad so many people chose to walk and bike off to the side and not in the road.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Bicycle Bash Festival Pedals Into Tampa

Just like old times -- posting photos showing the bicycle love from the Tampa Bay Bicycle Bash at Cotanchobee Park. Great to see that Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn made a cameo at the bike bash. Fun to see old pals like bike shop owners Adam Beland and Randy Mhyre, bike advocate Uncle Chip Haynes and the rest of the bike crew.


That's Chip Haynes of Clearwater who has written books on bicycling and did the first Bicycle Bash posters.

Nice to see Street Fit 360 in the house!

There's none other than Adam Beland of Bicycle Outfitters.

Great to see Mike Olsen of God's Pedal Power.

Bike parking is available!

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn kicks things off.

There's Tim Bustos of the Florida Bicycle Association.

Mayor Bob is chatting with J. Steele Olmstead, who worked his ass off to put on the Bash.

Michael Edgerley is here, checking out the Bike Share people.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Hope Bob and Other Tampa Politicos Attend The Bike Bash Sunday

Congrats to the new SWFBUD -- South West Florida Bicyclists United with Dealers.

J. Steele Olmstead,  a Tampa lawyer committed to bicycle advocacy, worked on the Bicycle Bash festival for Sunday in downtown Tampa and is getting help from a few others to pull off this festival.

The day will be all about celebrating and advocating bicycling in Tampa and Tampa Bay. It's 10 am to 4 pm at Cotanchobee Park, next to the Tampa Bay History Center behind the Forum.

I hope one day the city of Tampa government, which says it wants to improve bicycling in the city, puts on this event.

But for now, please swing by the Bicycle Bash. If you like bicycling, you'll have a great time.

Hey Low Rider

Friday Happy Hour was spent at the amazing Faciliteq building, which I got to know well through this story.

Last night, there was a green insurance firm holding a great event and lo and behold a cyclist on a low rider pulls up.